Providence School utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. All students in grades 8-12 are required to bring a Windows 10 device that meets the recommended minimum requirements stated below. We strongly believe that using technology to engage students in the learning process in a valuable way to prepare our students for their future career endeavors. With Office 365, Canvas Learning Management System, and the integration of new teaching techniques, your child will be better prepared for college and beyond.
Providence strongly recommends the Surface device for our students in grades 8-12. The learning environment regarding technology works better when every device works the same way. Based on feedback from our staff we are asking parents to honor our request providing a device that meets our specifications. Depending on your student’s schedule there are classes that Apple Laptops don’t perform well in due to software compatibility limitations.
There are many other manufacturers who build Windows-based tablets (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, etc.). If you’d like to find something other than the Surface line, any tablets that meet or exceed the following specifications will work:
- 8-10 hour battery life
- 10″ or larger touch screen
- At least 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM
- Instant on; SSD boot drive
- Windows 10; Not Window 10S
- Keyboard capability (e.g. USB connected keyboard or Bluetooth)
- A stylus/pen
- A protective case or sleeve
- An accidental damage protection (ADP) plan that provides for full replacement should your device become non-functional.
Because Macintosh laptops (Macs) do not offer touchscreen with inking capabilities, they will not be acceptable devices for the BYOD program. An iPad or Android tablet device is not sufficient for the needs of our students. Many digital textbooks and educational resources cannot be opened or displayed on iPad or Android devices. These devices will not be allowed as the student’s primary device.
Protecting your device is extremely important. We recommend a strong case or sleeve for protection from breakage. Ultimately it is the student/family’s responsibility to have a working device that meets the minimum standards listed above. Breakages and malfunctions will happen which is why having an Accidental Damage Protection plan such as Microsoft Complete is so important. We have found that the Microsoft store at the St. John’s Town Center is superior in handling Microsoft Complete warranty plans. They are well-equipped for immediate swap out of warranty covered Surface Pro and Surface Book devices.
See the Tablet Care page for more information on how to protect your device.